It’s tradition for the bride to carry a bouquet of fresh flowers down the aisle with her. However, although we love flowers here at Cake and Lace, we appreciate they’re not for everyone. There are many ways to create a unique bridal bouquet; many of which could also be suitable as a bridesmaid bouquet alternative.
Key Advantages of Creating a Unique Bridal Bouquet
They’re cost-effective. Virtually, all of these alternatives are cheaper than fresh flowers. Yet, they’re just as classy and full of your personality.
They’re practical.You can prepare these bridal bouquets as far in advance as you like. This is a massive advantage over fresh flowers because usually they have to be arranged very close to your wedding day. This means if you encounter any problems you have less time to find a solution – not cool!
Perfect for DIY brides. Most these suggestions are ideal if you’re into crafts.
More likely to complement your theme– most of these bridal bouquet ideas will fit the theme of your wedding because you can choose the precise colors. Try to color match your alternatively styled bridal bouquet with your other wedding décor – that way there won’t be any color clashes!
Allergies– For those who suffer from hayfever, the suggestions below will be a Godsend. No bride wants puffy eyes and a snotty nose on their wedding day!
Keepsakes– One of the best things about these unique bouquet alternatives is that you can keep them forever. They’re a beautiful reminder of your special day.
With those perks in mind, let’s dive into our favorite spins on the traditional floral bridal bouquet.
1. A Bouquet of Dried Flowers
We love bouquets made of dried flowers.
If you’re planning a rustic chic themed wedding, you may want to consider dried lavender and wheat. These both make for beautiful floral arrangements.
Get started on your bouquet with a dried lavender bundle.
2. A Bouquet of Felt Flowers
Warning: If you’re a bride looking to create their own felt flower bouquet this isn’t an easy task!
It’ll take hours of time and dedication. However, the result is certainly worth it. This is the perfect project for a DIY bride who loves a challenge and all things crafts! This is also a great idea for a bridesmaid bouquet alternative. Better yet, get your bridesmaids together for a bouquet crafting session and let each of them personalize their own!
Alternatively, you can source this style of bouquet online (and it’ll still be a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers)!
3. A Bouquet of Paper Flowers
The beauty of paper flowers is that they’re incredibly varied. There are hundreds of designs out there, so you’re bound to find a style that suits the theme of your wedding.
Plus, paper is available in virtually any color so you won’t be limited to what you can do with this style of wedding bouquet.
This is the perfect option for a creative bride who wants to incorporate ‘something of her own’ into her wedding ceremony.
However, if you’re a bit of a novice when it comes to paper crafts (like myself), then you could source them online and make the process much simpler.
4. Floral Wreaths
This is an excellent alternative for brides who want to incorporate fresh flowers, but don’t quite have the budget for a full bridal bouquet.
A floral wreath is incredibly versatile because you don’t have to pack the wreath out.
It’s ideal for rustic and vintage style weddings because you can show off the beautiful wooden frame and pack it out with foliage.
Make your own or customize a pre-made wreath for a unique bridal bouquet.
5. Giant Balloons
These are amazing for pictures!
However, they’re not always the most practical for walking down the aisle.
On the plus side, you can re-use them to decorate your reception. You should look into the various colors and sizes available to you – as well as your options for the string.
Some brides prefer tassels, others a chain of paper hearts, or, you can opt for plain colored string!
There are loads of options available to you so go out there and find them! We especially like ones filled with confetti!
6. Jeweled Brooch Bouquet
Brooch bouquets have become increasingly fashionable in recent years. They’re perfect for adding a bit of sparkle and elegance to your ensemble.
Brides have the option of selecting bouquets that include; jewels, pearls, buttons, and feathers.
These designs come in all shapes and sizes, with many vendors creating bespoke bouquets to fit the theme and style of your wedding – like this one!
7. Artificial Flowers
The quality of artificial flowers these days is phenomenal – some bouquets could easily be mistaken for actual flowers!
This is perfect for brides who want to achieve the look of a fresh and full bouquet but may be allergic to them. So, not to worry, you can still have your dream wedding flowers without having to carry around a fist full of tissues!
When looking at your options, you could perhaps opt for artificial flowers made of silk. These have a beautiful feel to them and look divine.
You’ll be surprised at how many ready-made bouquets there are. You can source them in virtually any style; shower bouquets, hand-tied posies, teardrop bouquets, etc.
8. Flowers Made of Sheet Music
This is an adorable idea for any bride who loves music – a gorgeously unique way of stamping your personality on your special day.
You could also consider creating individual flowers and dotting them around both your ceremony and reception venue.
Plus, out of all of these unique bridal bouquet alternatives, it’s by far the cheapest option. You’re looking at roughly $1 per bouquet!
They’re also surprisingly easy to create and very simple to learn how to do.
Once you get the knack of it, it’ll only take a couple of hours to create a full bouquet. To save even more time just scoop them up from amazon.
We hope this blog post has got your creative juices flowing and perhaps given you an idea of a quirky and unique bridal bouquet that you’ll take down the aisle!
Let us know in the comments if you’ve considered any of your own alternatives to the traditional floral bouquet; we’d love to hear from you!